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Arts picks: Dynamic women’s exhibition at Arte Américas

Christina Ramos’ “Dear Parents, Sister Regina Will No Longer Be Driving the Church Van.”
Christina Ramos’ “Dear Parents, Sister Regina Will No Longer Be Driving the Church Van.” Special to The Bee

This holiday weekend is pretty slow when it comes to the arts beat, but I have a stellar top pick for you: an exhibition devoted to female artists at Arte Américas.

‘Sisterhood’ of artists

▪  The event: “Two Degrees of Separation: An International Sisterhood of Women Artists” follows last year’s first show at Arte, appropriately titled “One Degree of Separation.”

▪  The history: The concept for last year’s show was to start with a group of women who had either previously shown their works at Arte Américas or who had close connections to previous exhibitions. Each was asked to invite one other woman with whom they were personally acquainted and whose artwork they admired. Now, for the second installment, last year’s “invitees” were given the opportunity to extend their own invitations to another female artist. The result is a show with 38 artists from as far away as New York.

▪  The draw: There’s a delightful eclecticism to the show, from Coarsegold photographer Franka Gabler’s moody-ethereal brush with dreaminess in her “Winter Allegory” to Los Angeles painter Christina Ramos’ feisty-realistic finesse in her acrylic work “Dear Parents, Sister Regina Will No Longer Be Driving the Church Van.” Fans of local artists will get their fix, from several Evany Zirul sculptures to a stunning portrait of Cesar Chavez by Maxine Olson that has been in the Arte collection for 20 years. And you’ll get a look at intriguing out-of-area artists as well, including the intricate works of Miki Yokoyama.

▪  The inspiration: Frank Delgado, executive director at Arte, explains that he and Rebecca Caraveo, who co-curated the show, wanted to discover artists from outside the circles in which they normally moved. “I get butterflies in my stomach when talking about this exhibition,” he says. “I’m not even actually the curator of this exhibition, I’m just facilitating the collection of these works for the universe.”

▪  Looking ahead: For next year’s show, the third in a planned five-year series, artists in the current exhibition will get the chance to invite another female artist they admire to participate. As the circles grow larger, Delgado hopes the geographical and artistic scope will grow as well.

▪  Details: Through May 22, Arte Américas, 1630 Van Ness Ave. Gallery hours Thurdays-Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays 1-5 p.m. (closed Easter). www.arteamericas.org, 559-266-2623. Free admission.

Library characters

Duffy Hudson is an actor, storyteller and impressionist who brings historical characters to life in his free one-man shows. He’s appearing at various Fresno County Public Library branches as the following characters:

▪  Albert Einstein: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Gillis Branch Library, 629 W. Dakota Ave.; 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, at the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library, 3040 N. Cedar Ave.

▪  Audie Murphy: 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Sanger Branch Library, 1812 Seventh St., Sanger

▪  Dr. Seuss: 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Sunnyside Regional Library, 5566 E. Kings Canyon Blvd.; 10 a.m. Thursday, March, 24, at the Betty Rodriguez Regional Library; and 10 a.m. Friday, March 25, at the Woodward Park Regional Library, 944 E. Perrin Ave.

For details, go to www.fresnolibrary.org.

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